How to Age Terra Cotta Pots

With all the plants I’ve been buying lately (If you haven’t seen all the post in my series: Decorating with Plants-HERE they are!)and with spring planting season just weeks away, I thought I’d experiment by painting a few terra-cotta pots to add some age and character.

I went to my favorite place…Pinterest and found a great tutorial on painting terra cotta from Imparting Grace 

Here’s my take on painting little terra cotta pots…

how to age terra cotta pots

To start, I used Rust-Olem Stone Textured Spray…

how to age terra cotta pots

 I sprayed the terra cotta pots and then let them dry-they take hours to dry by the way…then I sanded the pots and saucers until I liked the look.

(Here they are before sanding)

how to age terra cotta pots

Then I took some watered down craft paint in sage green and a bit of watered down craft paint in white, mixed the paint together until I liked the color and rubbed it onto the terra cotta pots…After the paint dried I lightly sanded over the entire surface!

how to age terra cotta pots

I love the aged finish on the terra cotta! You can’t use these outside according to the Stone Spray instructions, but they look great in the house and on the screen porch!

how to age terra cotta pots

I keep a few on the kitchen table…

how to age terra cotta pots

And a few more here, there and everywhere!

how to age terra cotta pots

I love terra cotta pots and with a little paint you can add so much character and charm.

Have a deeeelightful day my sweet friends!



  1. says

    I have lots of these in my barn, leftover from a daughter’s garden wedding reception… this is a great idea which doesn’t look too difficult. Maybe I can motivate myself to give it a try!

  2. Diana says

    I wondered what that stone textured paint would really look like.Thanks for sharing! The aging process is very realistic Robin.

  3. Deebi27 says

    This is fabulous! And I know the perfect place to add some greenery in my son’s home with a touch or 2 by MOM! These pots are the perfect touch!

  4. emily powell says

    They look great!!! I have an easier way……water down white (water base) paint…..add a dishwashing liquid (that makes bubbles) to a sponge…… dip the sponge in the paint mixture ….then squeeze the sponge out on your pot….start at the top of the pot so the paint and bubbles will flow downward…….this makes the coolest weathered design……then you can add a small amount of green if you wish after the white wash dries. If your paint/water mixture is too thick, after it is applied, then just use water to rinse it off before it dries and start all over. You will probably need to work with the paint/water ratio until you like what it does….it is even cool to use different paint/water ratios on one pot…..makes deeper and lighter white stains. You can also get a neat look by spraying Rubbing Alcohol on the surface “immediately” after applying the watered down paint mixture…..again experiment until you get the look you want.


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